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30-Jul-14 11:45 AM  CST  

Flonase Will Go OTC In Early 2015 

GlaxoSmithKline has announced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Flonase (flucticasone propionate 50 mcg spray) as an over-the-counter product for the treatment and temporary relief of seasonal allergies, hay fever, and upper respiratory allergies.

            Approximately 50 million people in the United States suffer from nasal allergies and 16 million visits to the doctor account for trips to the doctor for allergy problems. Many individuals use prescription and OTC products for their allergies, but are not always satisfied with the treatment outcomes.  Some patients find prescription treatments work for them, while others prefer OTC remedies due to the ease of access and convenience of being able to pick up their medications when the pharmacies are closed. 

            Colin McKenzie, President of Consumer Healthcare (North America) at GSK recently commented on the new and exciting news of Flonase going OTC.  “With the significant number of allergy sufferers in the United States and a considerable number of those unsatisfied with their current treatments, we believe the wide availability of Flonase allergy relief is great news for these individuals,” said McKenzie.  The OTC version of Flonase will have the same power and dosage strength of the prescription Flonase.

            Here are some facts you may not know about allergies besides the misery factor.  Nasal allergies can also cause impaired functioning at work and/or school, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and believe it or not, learning and attention problems.

            Do you see a lot of prescriptions for Flonase being filled at your pharmacy?  Do you think customers will be glad Flonase is going OTC? Interested pharmacy technicians may go to to learn more.






1. StreetInsider Reports. “FDA Approves GlaxoSmithKlein’s Flonase For Sale Over- The-Counter.” Web. Date of Access: 28 July 2014.

2. Chavis, Ryan. “FDA Approves GSK’s Flonase As An OTC Treatment.”  Drug Store News. Web. Date of Access: 28 July 2014.

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